Isabel Hughes - Delaware Online
Gunshots were fired at three different locations within 30 minutes Thursday afternoon in Wilmington, injuring at least one person.
The first incident occurred about 2:50 p.m. in the 300 block of Woodlawn Avenue in Wilmington, about a block from Woodlawn Park.
Wilmington police have not released much detail about that shooting, but did say a 17-year-old was injured. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
About 10 shell casings could be seen on the street, which police blocked off. One witness said he heard about 10 gunshots.
Another resident who lives on the block across from the Lorelton, an assisted living facility, said he too heard shots. He said it was unusual both for the time of day and for that particular Wilmington neighborhood.
He said he looked out toward the street after the first six shots echoed along the block between Third and Fourth streets. There, he saw two people shooting from a tan car.
He believes the victim was a teen who lives in a house nearby. He had been shot in his leg, the man believes.
"He was limping, walking," he said.
Two people were led away in handcuffs shortly after 3 p.m. First responders, an hour later, had cleaned blood from the pavement on the Woodland Avenue sidewalk, but soap and water was still visible.
Another report of shots fired came in at 2:53 p.m. at 12th and French streets, according to Mark Duncan, vice president of development for the Community Education Building, which houses both Great Oaks and Kuumba Academy charter schools.
The incident happened during dismissal time for Great Oaks students. Kuumba students were still in class.
“No students were at risk,” Duncan said. “As soon as the shots were heard, we put the building on lockdown immediately.”
Students were taken back inside the building to their school floors. Staff and essential personnel were in the lobby communicating with parents.
After consulting with Wilmington Police, building officials deemed it safe to begin a controlled dismissal. Buses were brought around near the building, and parents were able to access the building to pick up their children.
Parents could be seen scrambling to park outside the downtown charter school and then rush in the building. Most of the parents walked out with excited kids.
One child was overheard saying she thought it had been a drill.
A parent, who had her child with her, told a The News Journal reporter that all of the children were fine. She then made her way to her car and left.
The third report of shots fired also came in around the same time in the 100 block of South Van Buren Street. It's not yet known whether anyone was injured in that incident.
The incidents all occurred within three miles of each other.
This is the second day in a row that Wilmington Police have responded to reports of shots fired.
On Wednesday, officers responding to a report of shots fired near the 400 block of N. Madison Street ended up chasing a car into Pennsville, New Jersey. The stolen car was found at about 6:30 p.m., but it had been abandoned by its occupants. No one was arrested.
Reporters Natalia Alamdari, Esteban Parra, Karl Baker and Nick Perez contributed to this report.
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